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Dr. Marie Bussing, professor of economics, featured on the cover of Evansville Business

cover of Evansville Business Dr. Marie BussingDr. Marie Bussing, professor of economics, is featured on the cover of the December/January 2014 issue of Evansville Business, a publication of Evansville Living & Tucker Publishing Group. In the article, she talks about her passion for teaching and economics, which affects everyone.

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USI accounting students place in top three in prestigious national case competition

USI Accounting team

L to R: Bryant Cornelius, Lauren Perigo, Brooke Neuhoff, Nick Muensterman, Timothy Bryan, instructor in accounting

Four students from the University of Southern Indiana’s Romain College of Business placed third for their presentation in the 2013 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) case competition in Washington, D.C. The Romain College of Business has a reputation of being successful in many types of student case competitions, and being a finalist in the nationwide AICPA competition is a significant accomplishment.

Earlier this year, a team of accounting students won the IMA national case competition in New Orleans when they competed at IMA's 94th Annual Conference and Exposition. In the last decade, USI accounting students have won nine case competitions, sponsored by the IMA and the Indiana CPA Society.

The USI "Screaming Eagles" team received $2,500. Team members were accounting majors Bryant Cornelius of Oden, Brooke Neuhoff of Huntingburg, and Nick Muensterman and Lauren Perigo of Evansville. Timothy Bryan, instructor in accounting, served as faculty advisor for the team. USI’s team was among more than 150 teams from universities nationwide participating in the competition.

The competition was comprised of three separate rounds. The first round each team was required to submit a written analysis of the case. A panel of judges selected the top fifteen teams based on an evaluation of the written analyses. In the second round (the “Semi-finals”), the fifteen qualifying teams were asked to create a video presentation and supporting documentation related to another set of financial planning decisions. The three finalists selected from the top fifteen teams participated in the third round.

On December 20, each of the top three teams presented their recommendations on estate planning decisions in front of an executive judging panel in Washington, D.C. It was an in-person presentation, and each finalist presentation was ten minutes in duration, with an additional “question and answer” period after the presentation.

This year's team addressed personal financial planning issues faced by a software developer and his spouse at different stages in their life. The first round addressed issues in the early stages of their careers, the second round addressed mid-career decisions, and the third round addressed decisions made later in life.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the national professional organization of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the United States, with more than 350,000 members in 128 countries in business and industry, public practice, government, education, student affiliates and international associates. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations, federal, state and local governments.

Read USI News Release >>

2013 Highlight Video, featuring the USI Screaming Eagles Accounting Team, in Washington, DC>>


Faculty exchange program brings global perspective to USI

Dr. Johannes Hirata, from Hochschule Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany, is the first visiting scholar to take part in a new faculty exchange program at the University of Southern Indiana. He spent the fall semester teaching in USI’s Romain College of Business. USI’s Dr. Daria Sevastianova, associate professor of economics exchanged places with Dr. Hirata, where she is teaching similar economics courses at the Hochschule University. Read full article >>


Accounting team among three finalists in national competition

accounting team
Left to right: Nick Muensternman, Bryant Cornelius, Brooke Neuhoff, and Lauren Perigo.
The University of Southern Indiana’s accounting team (“Screaming Eagles”) is a finalist in the 2013 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accounting Competition and will compete against teams from Santa Clara University and University of Portland for the top prize.

The three teams will present their financial plans in Washington, D.C., in December, and the most impressive plan will win $10,000. Second and third place teams will win $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. Read full article>>


USI minor a finalist for Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program

The University of Southern Indiana’s entrepreneurship minor, offered through the Romain College of Business, has been selected as a finalist for Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program in the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) 2014 Entrepreneurship Education Awards.

The three-year-old minor is one of four programs contending for the top spot. Finalists will present at the USASBE Conference in January in Fort Worth, Texas, where the winner will be announced. Read full article>>


Money & Banking Class Welcomes Federal Reserve Specialist

Erin YetterErin A. Yetter, Ph.D., recently spoke to Dr. Marie Bussing-Burks’ Economics 361 class. An Economic Education Specialist from the Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis, Louisville branch, Dr. Yetter’s presentation was titled, "The Federal Reserve-Who We Are & What We". She also led the class in an activity presentation, "Myths, Tall Tales, and Legends: Facts behind the Fed" followed by a question and answer session. Both talks were highly informative and well received by the class of forty students.


USI's Executive in Residence tells students to become entrepreneurs

Kent Parker, Romain College of Business Executive in Residence, gave a presentation about emerging technological innovations to a crowd gathered in the University of Southern Indiana’s Carter Hall.

Want to have a successful career? Kent Parker has some advice: Become an entrepreneur.

He also cited a 2013 study by the McKinsey Global Institute, which identified 12 disruptive technologies ranging from 3-D printing and cloud-based technology to self-driving vehicles and new oil and gas recovery techniques.

Read full article on courierpress.com>>


USI alumnus returns to Evansville to head St. Mary's Health System

University of Southern Indiana alumnus Keith Jewell ’86 M’91 was recently named president of St. Mary’s Health System, which serves the Evansville community and the Tri-state area. He assumes the role in December. Jewell earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from USI's Romain College of Business in 1986. He later returned to USI, earning his Master of Business Administration in 1991. Read full article>>


USI economics society welcomes fall 2013 initiates

The University of Southern Indiana’s Lambda chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon welcomed six new members on October 24:

  • Stevie Lynch, finance and accounting, senior
  • Alexander Nixon, economics, senior
  • Timothy O’Brien, economics, junior
  • Marcus Richards, economics and finance, junior
  • Almeta Rodgers, economics, finance, and marketing, junior
  • Andrew Scheirer, economics, junior

Also in attendance was George Stanley, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley, who was the 2012 Distinguished Speaker, and Andy Perry, this year’s ODE Distinguished Speaker, who gave a presentation at the initiation ceremony.

Read full article>>


Dr. Khaled Elkhal, associate professor of finance, comments on Springleaf IPO

Dr. Khaled Elkhal, associate professor of finance, comments on Springleaf IPO. Read full article on courierpress.com >>


Accounting team makes semifinals, earns chance at $10,000

A student team representing USI's Romain College of Business has been selected as semifinalists in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accounting Competition. The team is made up of four students: Bryant Cornelius of Oden, Indiana, Brooke Neuhoff of Huntingburg, Indiana, and Nick Muensterman and Lauren Perigo of Evansville, Indiana.

USI's team, Screaming Eagles, was among more than 100 teams from universities nationwide competing to be one of 15 semifinalists. The next phase of the competition is a video presentation, and teams with the top three videos will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to give a one-on-one presentation to judges. First place will be awarded $10,000. Second and third place will win $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. Read entire article >>


Business and Engineering Center earns second architecture award

The University of Southern Indiana’s Business and Engineering Center received an Honor Award for New Construction from the Indiana chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the 2013 AIA Indiana Annual Design Awards Program. An Honor Award is the highest award a project can earn. Read entire article >>


Dr. Craig Ehlen, professor of accounting, among Founders Day honorees

The University of Southern Indiana celebrated its founders and honored its supporters at the annual Founders Day program sponsored by the USI Alumni Association on Tuesday.

“The wisdom of the individuals who founded this great University was such that they had the forethought and the courage to dream big,” said USI President Linda L. M. Bennett. “Everything that we’re enjoying today is because of their work.” Read entire article >>


Evansville Business Magazine Features Business Student’s Story

A story written by Andrea Davis, an accounting major who graduated in May, is featured in Evansville Business Magazine. Kristen Tucker, editor of Evansville Living, spoke to Dr. Marie Bussing-Burks’ Economics 361 class about how to write a magazine article. Tucker has agreed to choose one student’s article each year from the Money and Banking class to publish in Evansville Business Magazine. Andrea’s article is titled, “A Truck and a Thousand Bucks” about Max Weigman, owner of MLJ Trucking LLC, and how he started his own small business. Read entire article >>


USI's Beta Alpha Psi Chapter Recognized as "Superior”

USI's Lambda Mu Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was recently recognized as a "Superior Chapter" at the 2013 Annual Beta Alpha Psi Conference in Anaheim, California. In addition to the excellent recognition, superior chapters receive a financial award contributed by the KPMG Foundation. Student members in attendance to accept the award included chapter officers Leah Fugate, Mitchell Meurer, and Kelsey Welp. In addition, co-faculty advisor Brian McGuire and the Midwest Region Chapter Advocate Mehmet Kocakulah participated in the conference.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honor society available only to students enrolled in business schools accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The organization recognizes the outstanding achievement of students enrolled in accounting, finance, and computer information systems programs.

In order to be recognized as a "Superior Chapter," Beta Alpha Psi chapters must meet certain requirements that include submission of reports, periodic initiations, national/regional activities, professional activities and service activities. Since part of the mission of Beta Alpha Psi is to foster enthusiasm for service, chapters are encouraged to participate in service activities that benefit the campus and the community of the chapter.


UE and USI business schools featured on courierpress.com

The schools of business at the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana have embraced programming to nurture the entrepreneurial skills of their students. Read full article on courierpress.com >>


USI team wins national accounting competition for fourth time

USI team wins national accounting competition for fourth time

Left to Right: Dr. Brian McGuire, Jeanette Maier-Lytle, Taylor Atkins, Aaron McCullough, Katie Cassin, Kelsey Welp, and Jamie Seitz

A team of students from the University of Southern Indiana won the national championship for their presentation in the Student Case Competition sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) at IMA's 94th Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was the fourth year for a USI Romain College of Business team to take first place and the seventh year for USI to qualify for the national finals.

USI team members were accounting majors Taylor Atkins of Oakland City, Indiana; Katie Cassin of Evansville; Aaron McCullough of Flat Rock, Illinois, and computer information systems major Kelsey Welp of Celestine, Indiana. Faculty sponsors were Jeanette Maier-Lytle, instructor in accounting, and Jamie Seitz, instructor in accounting.

Published in IMA’s Strategic Finance magazine, the 2013 Student Case Competition was titled, Product Costing at Fine Foods: Is It a Symptom or the Problem? Teams evaluated a situation about a manager concerned that her company’s product line is being evaluated unfairly due to inaccurate and incorrect accounting practices. The USI team spent months, including part of their holiday break, analyzing the case and preparing a business model and proposal. “I am always amazed by the number of hours the students are willing to devote to the development of a creative and practical solution for the case,” said Maier-Lytle.

Accounting teams from universities across the country entered the first round of IMA competition by submitting a 15-minute DVD. Using a blind judging process, a panel of IMA members selected four teams to present at the annual conference.

To prepare for the live presentation, the USI team practiced in a professional setting with managers and staff at Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C. and BKD, LLP. Some former team members who are now employed with these firms also attended the sessions and gave advice based upon their past experiences at the conference.

IMA also uses a blind judging process for the final live presentations. The four teams that presented were USI, Culver-Stockton College, University of Vermont, and Wright State University. All final four teams received an award of $3,000. As the national champion, the USI team received an additional $2,000. Maier-Lytle said the USI students gave an outstanding presentation at the conference and handled themselves well during the question-and-answer session that followed.

“The sustained exceptional performance of our students in this national competition exemplifies their commitment to excellence and the caliber of their professional skills,” said Dr. Mohammed Khayum, dean of the Romain College of Business. “Students participating in case analyses at this level is an illustration of a life-changing professional experience. Their accomplishment illustrates the effectiveness of combining collaboration, problem-solving, and exceptional communication skills.”

Taylor Atkins is grateful for the experience. “The IMA case study allowed me to apply my knowledge of managerial accounting to decisions and issues that many companies face,” he said. “It also allowed me to build my knowledge of accounting concepts and enhance my presentation skills, while improving my team leadership skills and my time management abilities.”

The IMA conference, which was held June 23-26, 2013, provides the opportunity to network with other business colleagues to acquire industry knowledge and remain current with the latest professional standards and trends. During the conference, Dr. Brian McGuire, associate dean of the Romain College of Business and professor of accounting, was recognized as Chair Emeritus of the organization’s Board of Directors for 2012-13. He served as Chair of its Board of Directors during the 2011-2012 year.

The association of accountants and financial professionals in business, IMA has more than 65,000 members in 130 countries.


USI students present new product ideas in second annual TCA event

USI students present new product ideas in second annual TCA event

Front row: Logan Schmitt, Adam Buddemeyer, Michelle Muse, Rachel Isaacson, Zack Mathis, Austin Viano, Ryan Hicks
Second row: Scott Balbach, Adam Brothers, John Sawa, Paul Podgaysky, Ben Vasquez, Darek Turpin, Colin Heeke, David Bruce, Pedro Alfaro
Back row: Dr. Andy Moad, Dr. Kevin Celuch, Mr. Gene Recker, Mr. Bryan Bourdeau

Four teams of University of Southern Indiana business and engineering students pitched the ideas they developed in the five-week Technology Commercialization Academy, a partnership between USI and Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center

Students worked with a radio intelligence patent from Crane and incorporated that technology into practical applications that people can use. This year’s ideas included an eband for theme park guests, real-time inventory tracking, instant coupons push to shoppers’ smartphones, and cell phone signals to identify emergency or disaster situations.

The second annual event took place in the atrium of USI’s Business and Engineering Center and was attended by USI faculty, administrators, students, investors, and community leaders. Read full article on courierpress.com>>


USI students to pitch new products in second technology transfer academy

USI students from engineering and business disciplines have come together once again for this year’s summer Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA). This is the second year for the program, which piloted in 2012.

Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE) in collaboration with USI came up with the Academy idea in their Tech Transfer Committee. The academy was made possible through a Lilly Endowment Sustaining Grant secured by Dr. Mohammed Khayum, dean of the Romain College of Business, and Dr. Scott Gordon, dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education.

Presentations for the Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA) will take place at 10 a.m., June 14, in the atrium of USI's Business and Engineering Center. Interested businesses, local media, and others from the community are invited to attend.

Read news release>>

Inside Indiana Business also featured the TCA on their website.

Bryan Bourdeau, instructor of business, says the TCA program aims to attract new business to the state. Listen to his interview on Inside Indiana Business.


Excellence Elevated - Ron and Connie Romain give back to the university with a rare and special honor

The generosity of University of Southern Indiana alumni Ron and Connie Romain will have a “game-changing” effect on the future of the College of Business, says USI Dean of the College of Business Mohammed Khayum. “This donation will have a transformational impact on USI’s College of Business,” he says. “It will enhance our capacity to develop relevant competencies for our graduates, increase the utilization of faculty expertise to benefit our region, and strengthen the contributions of the College of Business to the advancement of business knowledge and best practices.”

Read full article on EvansvilleLiving.com >>


Dr. Brian McGuire: Accounting graduates are in high demand

An interview with Dr. Brian McGuire, associate dean and director of accounting programs at the University of Southern Indiana's Romain College of Business and chairman of the Institute of Management Accountants, Inc. (IMA), regarding accounting graduates and the job market was published on AccountingWeb.com. According to the article, while overall employer expectations for hiring college graduates is likely to remain relatively flat, McGuire says he isn't surprised accounting graduates are in high demand.

"Accounting is the language of business, and that's what businesses use to communicate their growth and their progress to their various constituents," he said. "If you look at the CEOs and CFOs of companies, many have accounting backgrounds. With an accounting degree, there are a lot of different paths you can take, like financial reporting, management accounting, tax, budgeting, heath care, or manufacturing. The possibilities are endless because all businesses need accountants."

Read full web article, including McGuire's recommendations to accounting majors on how to stand out to employers. The interview also appeared as the lead article in a recent issue of the AccountingWeb Daily newsletter.


Boesing honored with Elite 89 Award

USI Sales Team

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - University of Southern Indiana men's tennis senior Ben Boesing is the recipient of the Elite 89TM Award for the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championship. Boesing is the first USI student athlete to receive the award.

Boesing, a business administration major who currently carries a 3.89 GPA, was presented with the award during the Division II Men's Tennis Championship banquet Tuesday night in Surprise, Arizona. The native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, leads the Screaming Eagles with a 24-3 overall singles record, including an 18-match winning streak, and set the all-time USI record for singles wins (82).

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling, and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89 .

Boesing and the Eagles begin NCAA Division II Championship action Wednesday at noon (CDT) against the University of California-San Diego at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, which is the largest tennis complex in the southwest


Guest Speaker from EPD Visits Money and Banking Class

USI Sales Team

Photo: Senior economics student, Matthew Maddox, chats with Detective Robert Wies following a presentation to the Money and Banking class.

A special guest speaker for the spring 2013 Money and Banking class was Detective Robert Wies. Detective Wies, heads the financial crimes unit for the Evansville Police Department. He spoke to the class on different types of financial crimes, including check fraud, credit card fraud, and counterfeit currency. After class, Detective Weis shared some advice on ways to protect against identity theft and fraud.

Weis made his first visit to the Money and Banking class in spring 2012, outlining emerging trends in financial schemes. Along with financial fraud, additional topics covered throughout the semester included financial markets, financial institutions, the Federal Reserve System, central banking, history of commercial banking, and monetary policy.


USI defends top spot at AITP conference

USI Sales Team

First row: Brian Ensor, Chris Bovard, Eugene Qilo, Andrew Poynter, Jaimie Stutsman, Stacy Warford, Kelsey Welp, Joseph Faith Second row: Randall McGrew, Aaron Valandra, Elizabeth Karber, Jeff Van Vorst, Jesse Harden, Michael Brooks, Aelinor Conaway, Jeredt Remling Third row: Aaron Will, Jarod Daming

Eighteen students from the University of Southern Indiana competed in the 2013 Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference April 4-7 in St. Louis, Missouri. Sixty-three schools were represented with more than 500 students in attendance.

USI defended its first place position against 80 teams in the Office Solutions competition, with Andrew Poynter and Chis Bovard claiming the top prize. Two teams made up of students Aelinor Conaway and Elizabeth Karber, and Joseph Faith and Randall McGrew, finished with Honorable Mentions in the same competition.

More than 80 students attempted the national IT certifications. Of the 16 who passed the exams, five were USI students. USI student Andrew Poynter also earned the George Eggert Award for the third highest score on the certification exams.

"I think the conference is a huge learning opportunity,” said Karber. “I was able to gain team building skills and also the ability to learn how to function under a great deal of pressure. I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference and the opportunity to compete again."

Stacy Warford agrees it is a great experience for students. “You get to meet so many people from other universities, take a certification exam for free, and most importantly, have fun.”

The students traveled with advisors Dr. Kenneth Shemroske and Ernest Nolan.


USI Business Case Team competes in international competition

USI Business Case Team

Members of the USI Business Case Team competed in the Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition in Victoria, British Columbia.

Pictured left to right: Lauren Perigo, Jamie Seitz, Evan Burkhart, Joey Dumas, Adam Kaps, Thomas Brinson, and Dr. Laci Rogers.

Photo Credit: Submitted

The University of Southern Indiana Business Case Team competed in the Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition April 4-6 in Victoria, British Columbia. More than 20 teams from North America, Canada, Europe, and Asia attended.

USI’s team earned the 5th best score in a new "innovation case," which they presented without the use of PowerPoint or other electronic visual aids, and placed them ahead of last year’s competition winner.

Teams are given a business situation on which they perform an analysis, determine a recommendation, and prepare a 20-minute presentation—all within a three-hour period and without the use of the Internet or other resources. A final presentation is made to a panel of judges, followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

Team members were Thomas Brinson, Evan Burkhart, Joey Dumas, Lauren Perigo, and Adam Kaps. Advisors who accompanied the team were Dr. Laci Rogers, assistant professor of management, and Jamie Seitz, instructor of accounting.

“Representing USI was an amazing experience. I'm grateful to have been given this opportunity by the Romain College of Business,” said Thomas Brinson. “It was illuminating to travel to such a beautiful city and compete against universities from around the world. This experience was invaluable and really helped develop my presentation and analysis skills as I begin my transition into a career.”

Lauren Perigo found being part of the case team an exceptional learning experience and encourages students to participate. “Because I am an accounting minor, I didn’t know a lot about other areas in business. Through all of our practices and the competition, I’ve gained a better understanding of these other areas,” she said. “It’s also a great way to develop your presentation and interpersonal skills.”


Team of students attends business case competition in Montreal, Canada

Team of students attends business case competition in Montreal, Canada

The students in the photo (L to R) are Adam Brothers, Ryan Eichmiller, Ryan McGuire, and Stacy Warford

A team of business students from the University of Southern Indiana traveled to Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, to compete at the John Molson School of Business Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC). Twenty-four teams from universities around the world attended the event, which was by invitation only.

Team members were Adam Brothers, Ryan Eichmiller, Ryan McGuire, and Stacy Warford. Jeanette Maier-Lytle, instructor in accounting, and Jamie Seitz, instructor in accounting, coached the team and accompanied them to the competition.

Teams were given three business case scenarios to analyze. Each team determined its recommendations and prepared a 20-minute presentation—all within a three-hour period and without the use of the Internet or other resources. Final presentations were given to a panel of judges, followed by a question and answer session. For the final case, teams followed the same procedure; however, they had 24 hours in which to complete the task but without assistance from faculty coaches.

Ryan Eichmiller found being part of the case team a valuable experience. “As a team, I felt that we grew and expanded upon our existing knowledge. The experiences we had should easily be transferable to a job interview or a job itself.”


Romain College of Business Honors Convocation


College of Business gives name to Romain legacy

Romains

Evansville business leaders Ron and Connie Romain have left their mark on the University of Southern Indiana and the College of Business as students, alumni, and as long-time friends and benefactors. On April 4, coinciding with the launch of the public phase of Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence, the University made that mark permanent, renaming its College of Business the Romain College of Business.

The honor recognizes the Romains for their lifetime of dedication to and involvement with the Evansville community, the University, as well as a generous $5 million leadership gift to Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence. (complete story)


USI Sales Team excels at national competition

USI Sales Team

From left to right:

Standing: Tim O’Brien, Chad Milewicz, Adam Kaps
Sitting: Steve Waltz, Linzee Smiley

The University of Southern Indiana Sales Team posted impressive results when it participated in the 2013 National College Sales Competition (NCSC) at Kennesaw State University March 1-4. Two College of Business majors, sophomore Adam Kaps (Marketing) and senior Steve Waltz (Computer Information Systems and Marketing) represented USI and competed against 134 students from 65 universities across the United States.

The NCSC hosts top collegiate sales students and faculty from some of the most elite sales programs in North America. It is the largest and oldest sales role-play competition in the world, and is sponsored by more than 50 national and global companies who attend the competition to recruit the nation’s most talented college graduates from select universities. The companies also put on a career fair for participating students.

USI’s team ranked 46th this year, outperforming regional schools such as the University of Louisville and University of Dayton, tying with Michigan State University, and finishing only one point behind Indiana University. USI’s performance is notable considering the team was up against top sales students from around the world, many of whom either major in sales or are pursuing a sales minor or sales certificate. Many of the sponsoring companies recognized this accomplishment and are seeking ongoing opportunities to connect with the USI College of Business and recruit future students.

Kaps advanced to the quarter-final round and finished tied for 55th place out of 130 students. "Being a competitor this year, as opposed to an alternate last year, was an incredible experience,” said Kaps “I was offered five different internships with four companies. Joining the USI Sales Team was one of the best decisions in my college career."

Two team alternates also attended, senior Lindzee Smiley (Liberal Arts) and sophomore Tim O’Brien (Business Administration). While they do not compete, they take advantage of the networking opportunities at the career fair. “The whole experience was intense. We were able to meet students from across the country and employers alike,” said Lindzee. “Networking was one of the best parts." O’Brien summed up his experience, that the “NCSC is the NFL Combine of sales competitions.”

According to the team’s coach, Chad Milewicz, assistant professor of marketing, “The purpose of the NCSC is to encourage students to strive to reach their unimagined potential. The students who pursue that challenge are rewarded with potential job offers and a powerful learning experience that will stay with them the rest of their life.”

Final results qualify USI’s Sales Team for a spot in next year’s competition.


Fence Chips idea wins Startup Weekend Evansville 2.0

Startup Weekend 2013

Startup Weekend Evansville 2.0 was hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in the Business and Engineering Center February 22-24. The 54-hour event brings together developers, designers, investors, and entrepreneurs to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

This year’s winning ideas included:

  • Dr. Andrew Moad, USI-Crane partnership manager, received first place with an idea called Fence Chips, which are durable, colorful, reusable vinyl chips designed to fit into chain link fence to promote athletic teams, events, and businesses.
  • The team placing second were USI students Neil Kassinger (public relations/advertising and entrepreneurship) with Cecilia Gussman (marketing) with a product called The Strapholster, a new fashion technology which keeps your purse and bags from slipping from your shoulder.
  • Third place went to two father-son pairs interested in manufacturing gourmet, high-end mushroom-growing kits.
  • Read entire news release


In-Depth: The Local Effects of the Forced Spending Cuts

President Barack Obama signed the order for the forced spending cuts to go into effect last Friday, and they're slowly starting to take effect. So how could you be affected? Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Indiana, breaks down the sequester. Read more...


SS&C Technologies’ Kyle Fields is USI alumnus in residence

Kyle Fields

Kyle Fields ’06, general manager for the Indiana office of SS&C Technologies, is this year’s Alumnus in Residence for the University of Southern Indiana’s College of Business. Fields will present “My World and Your World: Combining Technologies and Relationships” at 10 a.m. and again at noon on Monday, February 25, in Carter Hall in the University Center.

Fields’ talks will include topics such as leveraging opportunities, networking and building relationships, and the importance of hard work and a competitive resume. He maintains the philosophy that “life is not a spreadsheet.”

An Evansville native, Fields graduated from USI with a degree in accounting and professional services and is a certified public accountant. He was named one of Evansville Business Journal’s 2011 “20 Under 40”, an annual list of 20 emerging leaders under age 40. “Overall, the University and the College of Business were a great experience and gave me a strong foundation for my career,” he said.

Fields worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mead Johnson before accepting a position in 2010 at SS&C Technologies, a global investment and financial services provider. He worked out of the company’s headquarters in Windsor, Connecticut and New York, New York before he was asked to open an Evansville office in 2011. He manages more than 60 employees at SS&C’s downtown office at Innovation Pointe, a business incubator where USI is the educational partner. The company plans to grow the local office to 500 employees by 2014.

The Alumni in Residence program provides valuable insights into the business world and highlights for students the success of a graduate from the University of Southern Indiana.

The program is free and open to the public. Questions about the presentation can be directed to Nancy Bizal by phone at 812/464-1801 or by email at nbizal .


College of Business Hosts Students from the Shepard Academy

Shepard Academy students participate in experimental economics activities, led by Dr. Curtis Price.

Shepard Academy students participate in experimental economics activities, led by Dr. Curtis Price

Members of the Economics faculty hosted a group of high school students from the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice at Harrison High School. The Shepard Academy presents a two-year integrated studies program in law and social justice for Junior and Senior students. The Academy engages Junior and Senior high school students in critical analysis to prepare them for studies relating to law, social justice, American policy and social values while simultaneously earning college credit in public postsecondary universities in Indiana.

Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar gave the students an overview of what USI offers in the field of economics and discussed how economic concepts are applied in their daily lives. Students toured the Judith A. & Robert E. Griffin Experimental Economics Laboratory, and they participated in experimental economics activities, led by Dr. Curtis Price. Students could see how their input in different scenarios can influence and even predict human behavior in certain economic situations.

In preparation for the national stock market competition, the students are returning to USI’s campus in February for a more in-depth discussion about how to analyze stocks and what approaches they might use as they develop their investment portfolios. This event will take place at the Bussing-Koch Stock Market Laboratory. It is free and open to all faculty and students.

USI students provide free tax help

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by Sean Edmondson

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - February 06, 2013

USI student volunteers will provide free income tax assistance. It's through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The university says it's a great experience for students and a real savings for taxpayers.

This program starts Wednesday, February 6 and will continue through April 10.

The university says they have nine students enrolled in the program, meaning they'll be able to help about 16 taxpayers per night.

This program provides help to those with low-to-moderate income at no cost. The sessions will be held by appointment only.

They're in room 1004 in the USI Business and Engineering Center.

They're on the following Wednesdays:

  • February 6, 13, 20, and 27;
  • March 6, 20, and 27;
  • April 3 and 10.

You need to bring your tax information, a photo ID, and social security cards for yourself and your dependents.

To make an appointment, call the USI College of Business at 812-464-1718.

There will be two sessions each night one at 5 p.m. and one 6:45 p.m.

The appointments typically takes 90 minutes to two hours to complete.

You must be present to sign your returns.

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USI Business Case Team--2013

The USI College of Business has been invited to compete for the sixth time in the 11th Annual Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia on April 4-6, 2013. Royal Roads University is home to Hatley Castle (pictured below) which was featured in X-Men. The competition strives to bridge the gap between corporate and academic worlds by providing students the opportunity to receive feedback and network with professionals. Social events held during the competition encourage competitors to network with corporate sponsors, potential employers and students from across the globe. Team travel expenses are sponsored by the USI College of Business.

The USI Business Case Team members were recently selected. The team members have majors and interests which represent the full range of business functions. To earn a spot on the team, students participated in an interview, a practice case, and gave a presentation. This team will compete in the 2013 Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition in Victoria, BC in April 2013.

  • Thomas Brinson: senior, Management major, Marketing minor
  • Evan Burkhart: senior, Management & CIS majors, returning team member
  • Joey Dumas: senior, Finance & Business Administration majors, returning team member
  • Lauren Perigo: senior, Math & German majors, Accounting minor
  • Adam Kaps: sophomore, Marketing major, alternate
  • Lane Rusher: sophomore, Marketing major, alternate

Hatley Castle